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Our Call for Contributions is now open!

8 September 2017

Resilient Cities 2018, the 9th Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation, is taking place on 26 - 28 April 2018 in Bonn, Germany (back-to-back with the annual UNFCCC Bonn talks). The annual forum is organized by ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability and co-hosted with the City of Bonn, Germany.

The call for contributions for the 2018 congress is now open and welcomes proposals for various formats, including presentations, panels, workshops, and debates. An overview of the formats is available here

Resilient Cities 2018 will focus on: 

  • Stocktaking: Reviewing the state of urban resilience and local implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (cross-cutting theme); 
  • Social cohesion: Building resilient urban societies (theme 3); 
  • Resilient and resource efficient cities: transition toward a circular economy (theme 4); and
  • Reinventing business as usual: Private sector engagement in resilience building (theme 6).  

Congress themes also include current and pressing issues such as ecosystem-based adaptation, managing climate-related health risks, data and ICT resilience, and evidence-based adaptation planning. Check the detailed list of new themes here.

Don’t miss the chance to shape the program of this global event on urban resilience! Submit your contribution until November 1, 2017

Insurance industry and cities: Natural partners in city resilience

1 June 2017

A brand new, urbanized world requires a new approach to sustainability – insurers and cities must work more closely together... Read our guest article in Crisis Response Journal, our Resilient Cities media partner:

"Natural partners in city resilience" co-authored with Butch Bacani, Program Leader, UN Environment's Principles for Sustainable Insurance (PSI) Initiative.

City leaders talk resilience at RC2017

29 May 2017

City representatives from across the globe share their thoughts on resilience building, its challenges and opportunities. The interviews mirrored what they discussed during the 2017 Resilient Cities Congress in Bonn, Germany.

Resilient Cities 2017 Recap

16 May 2017

The 8th Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation featured more than 440 participants, 40 sessions and a number of side events, making the Congress an outstanding platform for learning, sharing ideas, and creating solutions. We were pleased to welcome participants from over 55 countries to Bonn. 

To learn more about what happened at the congress: 

  • Read the daily highlights from Resilient Cities below!
  • Find the pictures taken at the congress here: 4 May5 May, and 6 May 
  • Revisit the contents in our website and at the CityTalk Blog
  • Stay connected by following us and tweet using the hashtag #ResilientCities

The 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction: Important things to follow for local and regional governments

19 May 2017

Three days left for the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction to commence in Cancun, Mexico. The official program of the GP17 is available here:  For an overview of the agenda click here.

ICLEI will contribute to the program and the discussion on coherence of the post-2015 frameworks by bringing messages from the Resilient Cities 2017 congress and the recent Bonn Climate Conference. The following discussions are particularly relevant for local and regional governments: 

The Summit for Local and Regional Governments (23 May 2017) 

The Summit is organized under the aegis of UNISDR's “Making Cities Resilient Campaign” and its Steering Committee and supported by UNISDR and UN-Habitat. Sessions will be organized by ICLEI, UCLG, Leaders Link, AECOM, Greater Manchester Prepared, and The World Bank.

Download the Summit agenda here.

Other relevant events are: The high-level plenary "National and Local Disaster Risk Reduction Strategies Pave the Way for Action by All" (25 May 2017), the working session "Achieving the Sendai Framework and SDG’s target at Local Level"  (25 May 2017) and the various side events as highlighted on the guidance for local governments overview (click picture to download).